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Choosing Vegetarian Protein?
I've decided to become a vegetarian, but I don't know much about vegetarian sources of protein. Can you help?
Answer (Published 10/20/2011)
Congratulations, I think you’ve made a wise diet decision. As you may know, I was a lacto-vegetarian (my diet allowed for some dairy products) from 1970 to about 1987, when I began to include eating fish, so I know from personal experience that a vegetarian diet can be both healthy and satisfying. For the record, vegetarians have a lower-than-normal incidence of heart disease and cancer and lower risks of obesity and diabetes.
I’m happy to provide you with some guidance to sources of vegetarian protein. Here’s a rundown:
You can eat very well on a vegetarian diet. I hope my suggestions and recipes will tempt you.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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